Best Restaurants, Bars, Shops and Hotels at LaGuardia Airport

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With the help of a billion dollars renovation initiativeit’s safe to say that LaGuardia Airport has gone through a major glow since its previous punchline status. And this holiday season, travelers can count on a reliable, modernized transportation hub for domestic flights to and from the Big Apple.

named after Fiorello LaGuardiaformer mayor of New York from 1934 to 1945, LGA Airport in the East Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens was established in 1939. More than 80 years later, the newly renovated property now boasts four terminals, 72 gates and two runways, all by performing as one of the top 25 busiest airports in the USA

So whether you’re looking to explore the newly revitalized facilities, get pampered before the flight, or dine and drink before boarding, here’s our ultimate guide to eating, drinking, hanging out and more at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. York.

LaGuardia Link Q70 Bus
LaGuardia Link Q70 Bus | rblfmr / Shutterstock

LaGuardia Airport by public transport

Bus: If yellow cabs or ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft are out of your budget, buses are the only way to get to all departure terminals. Of the available MTA bus routes, you can hop on the Q47, Q48, Q70, Q72 or the M60 is a quick drive from the Upper West Side/Harlem.

Helicopter: Yes, helicopter! Flights from BLADE operate on a limited service, and group charters are also available.

Birch coffee
Birch coffee

LaGuardia Airport Restaurants

Breakfast: Alongside classics like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, which can be found scattered throughout the terminals, pass by outposts of popular New York-born venues like H&H Bagels, juice pressand Birch coffee in Terminal D. Other morning offerings include coffee and baked goods from World Bean in Terminal C, as well as Irving Farm New York Coffee Roasters and the Sweetleaf and Beecher’s cafe collaboration at Terminal B. For bagels and breakfast sandwiches, stop by Eli’s Essentials more Zaro Family Bakery in Terminal B.

Bubby's at LaGuardia Airport
Bubby’s at LaGuardia Airport | Photo courtesy of Bubby’s

Lunch and dinner: For a great sit-down meal, new Terminal C destinations include the gleaming outposts of three beloved New York restaurants: At Bubby’s, Chuko Ramenand Essex. For American bistro cuisine, head to Mulberry Street, from chef Marc Forgione (Restaurant Marc Forgione, Paysan) at Terminal B. For Italian cuisine, Cotto at Terminal C, opened with the help of chef Michael White (Lambs Club, Marea), specializes in pizza. At Terminal D, head to the French-inspired bistro next to the Frenchette crew, Kisses; grab a Neapolitan tart from Crust; order a burger and casual appetizers at Flatiron Tavern and Provisions; or ball at the chophouse main tavernled by Chef Michael Lomonaco (Porter House, Hudson Yards Grill).

For casual spots that offer quick service, Salotto in Terminal A serves Italian-influenced sandwiches and pizzas.

At Terminal B there is a San Francisco-style outpost Back Toros taqueria; a Green leaf counter for smoothies, salads and sandwiches; and a pick-up location Tony and Benny’s Pizzeria. Other familiar names in the terminal include Junior for the cheesecake, Shake Shack for burgers and fries, more the landscape with hillsfor the best Texas-style barbecue dishes like fried chicken and pulled pork.

If you’re departing from Terminal C, offerings range from lobster-centric bites from fishermen and slices of Big Apple’s favorite from Artichoke pizzato milkshakes and burgers from Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda.

As LGA’s most recently refurbished area, Terminal D’s gleaming concourses flaunt Harry’s Deli counter service; as well as a casual seafood counter dubbed Minnow with everything from sushi to clam chowder. On the pizza side, there’s Rossi Pizzeria, by chef pizzaiolo Mark Iacono (Lucali, Baby Luc’s), and Tagliarewhich is run by the son of the legendary Dom DeMarco who founded Pizza Fara.

LaGuardia Airport Terminal C Bar
LaGuardia Airport Terminal C Bar | lev stingy / Shutterstock

Bars: If you’re looking for a good drink to calm your flight anxieties or just to start vacation mode, Terminal B offers solid watering holes like Bar 212 for American plates and cocktails; a decades-old East Village wine bar outpost Helm swift; and a well-stocked wine/spirit bar called Spirit & Bell. Other popular joints include the Biergarten for cold beers in Terminal C, as well as the Wibar in Terminal D, which has an extensive selection of over 100 wines.

Books by McNally Jackson
Books by McNally Jackson

LaGuardia Airport Shops

Retail therapy and last minute gifts: In these trying times when you forget a must-have beauty product at home or need a quick holiday gift, LaGuardia has a range of places for some serious retail therapy. Some more expensive options include the MAC makeup brand outlets in Terminals B and C; Dean menswear in Terminal B; and Le Labo, Beekman 1802 and Swarovski in Terminal C.

For quality travel gear, Terminal C also houses a TUMI. Plus, there’s a whimsical outlet from high-end toy company, FAO Schwarz, in Terminal B.

For entertainment during your layover or flight, check out the McNally Jackson bookstore in Terminal B, or visit one of the many BuzzFeed News stores and Cibo Express Gourmet Markets in Terminal C.

Relax
Relax

LaGuardia Airport Lounges and Spas

Treat yourself and pass the time between stops: After clearing security, get ready for a guaranteed relaxing flight via a quick shoulder or neck massage at Spa Xpress in Terminal C and BeRelax at Terminal B. You can also go to the shoe shine station at Terminal D.

For long stopovers, Terminal B also accommodates a crew of Minute Suiteswhich are quaint rooms with a daybed, desk and TV for travelers wishing to rest for a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 8 hours.

If you’re in the mood for something fancier, there are several exclusive airport lounges for members/ticket buyers, including the American Airlines Admirals Club, Centurion Lounge, Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge and the United Airlines United Club in Terminal B. There are also two Delta Sky Clubs there, one in Terminal C and the other in Terminal D.

Marine Terminal at LaGuardia Airport
Marine Terminal at LaGuardia Airport | Leonardo Zhukovsky/Shutterstock

Art at LaGuardia Airport

Historic maritime terminal: If you’re looking for a way to stretch your legs, one of the most popular pastimes for LGA travelers is to visit the historic Marine Air Terminal, also known as Terminal A. Here visitors can experience the Art-Deco architecture, as well as a well-preserved mural that depicts the history of aviation called Flight by artist James Brooks.

Terminal B: Located in Terminal B, experience a recent addition to the LGA property that combines the use of water, lasers and sound. The water feature runs continuously, but every 15 minutes one of two signature shows is presented.

Terminal C: Within the newly refurbished Terminal C, a rotating exhibition of works by local artists, courtesy of Queen’s Museumhighlights NYC’s culturally rich history and its continued progression to promote diversity, inclusivity and creativity.

Hotels near LaGuardia Airport

Best choice: Among the surrounding accommodations, we recommend that you stay near Aloft New York Laguardia Airport where on-site amenities include a fitness center, gift shop, and coin-operated laundry/dry-cleaning services.

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Izzy Baskette is a writer for Thrillist New York. Find it on instagram.

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